Father’s Day Fish Release at Rice Lake, North Vancouver

The Seymour Salmonid Society and Metro Vancouver hosted the annual Father’s Day trout release at Rice Lake on Vancouver’s north shore.

This is a super event with lots of other stewardship groups represented. Great fun to see kids so excited about releasing fish — and, um, getting a chance to try fishing, too .

rice lake trout release
Now that’s a huge Seymour watershed 3D map!


Seymour Salmonid Society hatchery tour


The Seymour watershed provides a good chunk of Metro Vancouver’s drinking water, and is a pristine, protected area.


Heading down to the lake for the trout release


Fishing gear to borrow for free to try your hand. It’s great to see urban kids so excited to release fish, and yes, try to catch one, too!


Yumi waiting for a trout to release. She got one the last ones.


What a beauty!


Interesting hitchhiker as we walked the lake loop trail.

Victoria Coast and Ferry

Some more shots as we headed up to the ferry from Victoria, BC, after last weekend’s SEHAB meeting.

Victoria BC coast
Coast watcher. . .


Lots of deer right in town


Views of Mt. Baker in WA


Heading down to the shore to check out tide pools


A moody evening on the ferry back to the mainland


Rain — that means we must be getting close to home : – )

SEHAB Tours Victoria Stewardship Projects

The Salmonid Enhancement and Habitat Advisory Board to Canada’s Dept of Fisheries and Oceans held a 3-day meeting in Victoria, BC, last weekend. We had an opportunity to tour some local stewardship projects.

SEHAB Millstream stewardship projects Victoria
Cool remote instream fish monitoring system


Checking out fish ladders


Listening to an overview of what we’re going to see


Board members and local volunteers


It takes a lot of partners to make projects like this happen.


That’s a huge culvert blocking fish passage


Ian of the Penninsula Streams Society and also a SEHAB board member, explains the challenges of the project to install a stepped fish ladder. Planning, engineering, and fundraising are well underway.

Thanks, Baba, for the Embroidery – Still Miss You

One of the themes at the recent Editors Canada 2018 Conference in Saskatoon, SK, was indigenous issues, and several indigenous writers and editors spoke about the importance of “remember where you come from.”

This is where I come from.

Baba Ukrainian embroidery cemetary

An aunt found this embroidery, obviously meant for a Ukrainian men’s shirt, and she thought Baba must have embroidered if for me. So my aunt insisted that I take it, and when Yumi and I later drove up to the family farm, we visited Baba’s grave and I thanked her.

She lived a tough pioneer life for many of her years, and yet she had love and comfort for all.

And in the packet. . . It’s like she just walked away from it minutes ago . . .

Baba's Ukriainian embroidery needles and thread

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